Hialeah High Teacher Punched Teen Girl After She Refused to Have Sex With Him

Manuel Cruz, a teacher Hialeah Senior High, has been arrested after allegedly hitting a 17-year-old girl who refused to have sex with him. Cruz did not meet the girl through school, but rather met her at his apartment complex on December 9.

On December 20, the pair were drinking and smoking marijuana at Cruz's apartment. According to NBC Miami, Cruz then asked the girl to have sex with him. She refused and Cruz responded by punching the girl. The assault was so hard it left the girl unconscious. She was also left with bruises on her left eye and cheek.

Once arrested, Cruz admitted that he had downed three scotches and had punched the girl.

He also revealed that he had sex with the girl on another occasion.

The girl did not attend Hialeah Senior High. Cruz has since resigned from the job.

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Kyle Munzenrieder